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Mohler: Religious liberty vital to Christianity

NASHVILLE (BP) – A theology of conversion, such as Christianity, necessitates religious liberty because regeneration of the heart cannot be achieved by coercion, Albert Mohler said Tuesday (June 15) during “Baptists Thinking Biblically: A Conversation on Religious Liberty.”

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom.

State Department promises devotion to religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) – State Department officials sought to provide assurances the Biden administration will maintain the United States’ commitment to international religious freedom in commenting on the latest annual report on the issue.

FIRST-PERSON: Beshear administration discriminating against Kentucky Baptist adoption provider

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – In some major news on Thursday (May 6), headlines in the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the Commonwealth of Kentucky under Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration ended its contract with the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Sunrise Children’s Services.

FIRST-PERSON: Canadian authorities needlessly escalate conflict over COVID-19 and religion

By now the situation involving Pastor James Coates and GraceLife Church, which is just outside the city of Edmonton, Alberta, has gained the attention of many evangelicals in both Canada and the United States.

SBC leaders praise high court ruling on at-home meetings

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders and other religious liberty advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision supporting the free exercise of religion in the face of government restrictions related to COVID-19.

Christian campus groups win in court

WASHINGTON (BP) – Federal courts have recently delivered victories to student faith groups that were kicked off state university campuses for requiring their leaders to be Christians.

Colorado cake artist again defending religious liberty

DENVER (BP) – Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips is again defending his freedom to practice his Christian faith in a case that is part of the ongoing, legal faceoff between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

Supreme Court rules college student’s free speech case will continue

WASHINGTON (BP) – In an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court ruled today (March 8) that $1 in damages is enough to revive the lawsuit of a Georgia college student who said his free speech rights were violated in 2016 as he attempted to share the Gospel.

‘Poorly named’ Equality Act passes House

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Thursday (Feb. 25) for the second time a far-reaching gay and transgender rights proposal that opponents warn would have calamitous effects on freedom of religion and conscience, as well as protections for women, girls and unborn children.